Last year I tried pink flamingos to keep the squirrels out of the Earth Boxes and containers on the deck. They worked fine, so they were invited back for a return engagement.
So far so good with tomatoes...though raccoons may show up again and take some away... they just ignore the flamingos.
My neighbors has a spectacular garden. He hoes it by hand, carries water out in buckets, builds wonderful structures from branches he trims from his trees. He doesn't even own a hose. Because he is from a country where resources are precious, he never wastes a drop of water. I admire and respect him--out at dawn and dusk, weeding and hand watering.
The herbs on our deck are better this year than last year...so far. It is wonderful being able to use them for cooking...by stepping out the kitchen door!
The flamingos are good "pets"..they demand nothing...are fierce guardians of the deck...and they make me smile.
Real birds on the deck this week included some I have never seen before at our feeders: a boral chickadee, a brown thrasher, a very young cardinal just acquiring color, and a brown headed cowbird.
It's very hot here, though not as hot as other places. Heat shelters are open all over the Northeast and I am sure in other places where the temps are so high. I just heard that 17 states have heat alerts and many will have temps well over 100F today.
Not everybody is able to have a/c...or even a home. I hope all who need to stay cool will be able to do so...I worry about those who don't...and also about serious storms that will accompany this heat wave.
As always, whatever the weather,
enjoy the day!